The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards recognise and reward
the hard work and dedication of stud and stable staff, acknowledging the huge
contribution they make to the Irish racing industry.
awards encompass 10 categories, which carry total prize money of €84,000 in
2018, an increase of €4,500 from 2017.
The finalists in each category were chosen by the 13 judges on the Irish Stud and Stable Staff judging committee who reviewed each of the nomination forms and interviewed all the finalists.
The 2018 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Award winners:
Irish Racing Excellence AwardPat Farrell, Stud Groom, Moyglare Stud, County Kildare Administration AwardGillian Carey, Operations Manager, Fairyhouse Racecourse, County Meath Runners-up:Denis Hickey, Racing Secretary, Ballydoyle, County TipperaryVicki McWey, Supervisor Registrations Department, Horse Racing Ireland, County Kildare Newcomer AwardGeorgie Benson, Stable Lass, Gordon Elliott, County Meath Runners-up:Joanne Eaton, Stable Lass, Willie McCreery, County KildareCharlie Sweeney, Pupil Assistant/Second Head Lad, Eyrefield House Stud, County Kildare Horse Care AwardMary Nugent, Travelling Assistant, Gordon Elliott, County Meath Runners-up:Emma Connolly, Travelling Head Lass / Assistant Trainer, Noel Meade, County MeathSinead O'Sullivan, Head Girl, John Murphy, County Cork In The Saddle AwardJames Rath, Head Lad, Liz Doyle, County Wexford Runners-up:Audrey O'Neill, Exercise Rider & Groom, John Oxx, County KildareJosep Sans Sanchez, Head Man, PJ Prendergast, County Kildare Travelling Head Person AwardCamilla Sharples, Travelling Head Girl, Gordon Elliott, County Meath Runners-up:Tina Evans, Travelling Head Girl, Joseph O’Brien, County KilkennyJason Forsyth, Travelling Head Person, John Oxx, County Kildare Leads by Example AwardStephen Thorne, Assistant Trainer, Adrian McGuinness, County Dublin Runners-up:Tom Daly, Assistant Head Man, Dermot Weld, County KildareValerie Keatley, Head Girl, Johnny Murtagh, County Kildare Dedication to Racing and Breeding AwardPat Farrell, Stud Groom, Moyglare Stud, County Kildare Runners up:Eamonn Leigh, Headman, Jessica Harrington, County KildareTommy Ryan, Head Lad, Edward O’Grady, County Tipperary Racing and Breeding Support Services AwardMartin ‘Snowy’ Pearse, Facilities Manager, Punchestown Racecourse, County Kildare Runners up:Martin Leahy, Master Farrier, Bruff, County Limerick Sharon O'Regan, Head of Operations, Weatherbys Ireland GSB Ltd, County Kildare Racecourse AwardFairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, County Meath